This past October in Christchurch and Wellington, Umbrellar held their Partner Breakfasts and brought together business leaders looking to bring digital transformation to life in their organizations. Attendees heard from thought leaders Information Leadership and Walkerscott, as well as renowned DevOps Behaviourist, Aurynn Shaw. The events, organised in collaboration with Microsoft, provided insights around how to plan and organize data as well as use information management tools to digitally transform their organizations.
Real-world case studies were presented that brought to life the challenges and opportunities of digital transformation. On 30 October at the Christchurch breakfast, Sarah Heal, the Director and Co-founder of Information Leadership, shared how you can harness your information systems to solve common business challenges, using Microsoft Office365, and create the most effective digital workplace. Information Leadership – New Zealand’s foremost Information and Knowledge Management experts – have worked with over 150 organisations in New Zealand and Australia on strategy, reviews, implementation and design assessments. Sarah is a thought leader in the information and knowledge management space.
“Businesses need to develop plans on how to use information management tools,” said Heal, “so that staff are empowered to do their job more easily. It’s not just a way to cut costs.”1
Then in Wellington, on 31 October, Blair Scott, NZ Director of Walkerscott, presented how to enable business intelligence in your business and the power of a common data platform. Walkerscott are Microsoft specialists in Business Applications, Business Intelligence and Azure Development and Integration solutions. They help their clients leverage the Microsoft platforms to drive growth, innovation and efficiency in their businesses, with offices in New Zealand, Australia, Romania and India.
“An organizations data is often its most under utilized asset. The role of Business intelligence is to enable the right people in the business access to the right information when it is most relevant to ensure the maximum value is extracted out of that data. This ultimately ensures BI is a value adding service to your business,” explained Scott. “With Microsoft’s intelligent cloud, you can now realise the potential of your data much faster than ever before.”2
Both events featured Aurynn Shaw, the founder and principal consultant at Eiara Limited, a much-sought-after presenter at tech conferences, who spoke about the cultural challenges facing today’s organisations and what you need to do to break through those barriers. A 2017 report from Capgemini’s Digital Transformation Institute and Brian Solis reported that 62% of 1,700 survey respondents identified that the “biggest hurdles in the journey to becoming a digital organisation” is not the technology itself, but corporate culture.
“DevOps, Microservices and other ‘technical’ approaches are in fact cultural constraints on technical ideas,” said Shaw. “What’s needed are ways to make a culture sustainable. It’s about understanding the systems that make up an organisation’s ecosystem and what needs to change to enable new ways of working.”3
The host at both events was Umbrellar, New Zealand’s leading cloud solution provider for business. Our partnership with Microsoft lets us deliver world-best cloud solutions, tools and support that our customers demand – as well as New Zealand’s only Azure Stack for resellers. Umbrellar is your gateway to New Zealand’s most advanced cloud-based business ecosystem. Umbrellar also puts together events like these to bring partners and their clients together, to facilitate the interaction of businesses with great ideas, and to drive forward thought leadership on business intelligence and the management of data and information.
“Technology and change have always gone hand in hand,” said Umbrellar Group CEO, Michael Foley, “but businesses need tools to digitally thrive in the most efficient way possible. Technology alone isn’t enough. Insight and understanding will be transformative.”
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